Artists at Work

EAGLE FALLS–OVERLOOKING EMERALD BAY–The undescribable beauty of Lake Tahoe represents a challenge for both professional and amateur artists.

When you think of “art postcards,” you usually think of postcards with reproductions of artworks by famous artists. It is easy to find those at museums. A much rarer and unusual topic related to art on postcards that I like to collect is “artists at work” on view postcards. I have found these with two subcategories of artwork: scenic views and portraiture. The scenic view cards sometimes, but not always, have a good view of the scene by the postcard photographer and the artists depiction of the same scene.

PYRAMID LAKE, Nevada–Nearly 40 miles long, 15 to 20 miles wide, this large lake sets in an area of unusual scenery, North of Reno.

GRAND CANYON AND LOWER FALLS OF THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER FROM ARTIST POINT–A favorite vantage point from which to enjoy the thrilling splendor of the falls which are 308 feet high. Although a mile away the roar of the falls can be heard distinctly.

Rocky Peggy’s Cove, has a perennial attraction for artists and photographers.

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA–Colorful view of artists at work on the pation of Victor Hugos — Laguna Beach is the site of the annual world famous Art Festival.

PIRATE’S ALLEY, New Orleans, La.–Here artists can be seen painting French Quarter scenes that have been portrayed countless times. Portraits sketched on the spot for a small fee.

During summer months Art Festivals attract many visitors to Mystic, Westerly, Snug Harbor, Narragansett, Wickford, Exeter, Coventry, Newport, and other communities of Southern New England.


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I am a longtime postcard collector who has been creating websites and blogs based on my postcard collection since 1998.
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2 Responses to Artists at Work

  1. La Nightingail says:

    What a wonderful collection of artists in the act of painting scenes and portraits on the spot. Particularly like those of Emerald Bay and Pyramid Lake as they are familiar scenes to me. 🙂


  2. An interesting genre. It’s rare today to see an artist painting “En plein air”. Not long ago I discovered postcards from WW1 German POW camps that are paintings and sketches of fellow prisoners. Then I found a photo postcard a prisoner artist working at an easel and his painting matched one of these portrait postcards. A genre within a genre.


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